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Spend the weekend camping and training with Overland Experts, Apex Overland and LFD Off-Road!

Friday, March 5:  Evening arrival. Camping and community at our private camping area, Riverbend.

Saturday, March 6:  4WD 101 and progress into the Recovery Class.  Q & A  with Apex Overland and LFD Off-Road about vehicle builds, equipment, trips, and all things Overland.

Sunday, March 7: Recovery Class & Conclusion of the course.

Riverbend Camping area is equipped with a covered pavilion, restrooms, and hot showers.  There are multiple areas to camp in the trees or in the field.  You will need to supply your own camping gear, food, etc. 

4WD 101:  Providing a full day of foundation 4WD training, our 101 Class is structured for those new to driving off-road. (Or even those just looking for a quick refresher!)  While adhering to the principles of Tread Lightly, you will learn the OEX Five Systems Method of operating a four-wheel-drive vehicle, as well as the OEX Five Steps to Negotiating an Obstacle.

Fundamentals of Recovery:  Whether you drive a purpose-built rig or one of the many all-wheel-drive vehicles on the road today, one of our “Fundamentals of Recovery” class is the best way to learn about safe and effective vehicle recovery. You’ll spend a few hours in a group setting learning about and getting hands-on with recovery gear and technique. From traction “aids” to straps and ropes, snatch blocks to winches, and everything in between, you’ll better understand and use recovery gear in the most effective and safe manner possible to get your vehicle back on the road and back home.

Some of what you’ll learn:

  • Recovery gear identification and use
  • Static vs. kinetic recovery, its meaning, use, benefits, and pitfalls
  • Proper vehicle towing and “snatching”
  • Winch use and safety including hand signals, winch and line care/maintenance, steel vs. synthetic line, rigging (compound and a single line), snatch/pulley block use in both re-direct and mechanical advantage scenarios
  • Traction aids (sand and bridging ladders/mats)
  • The Hi-Lift Jack as a recovery tool; Its safe and proper use as a jack and come-along
  • Gear choice and specification


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